Take the mystery out of the MIDI grid by mastering harmony, melody, and form.

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Ph.D. Level Materials

No where else can you get course work design by the world's only Ableton Certified PhD.
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Project Feedback

Bring your tracks to class! We will analyize, theorize, and hypothosize new directions for your harmonies and melodies.
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Hundreds of Hours of Content

In addition to live classes, students get hundreds of hours of music theory by the teacher who literally wrote the book.

In this online class, we will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory, playing an instrument, or reading music is necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to understand and work with music theory.

This course has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI.org), and has been found to meet or exceed their 5 criteria: Exceptional Pedagogy, Dynamic Delivery, Rich Media, Inviting Participation, and Affordability.
Slam Academy is proud to be a member of IAOMEI.org and to have a number of 5-star Certified Courses.

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Stop Fishing for Chords

Learn what goes into chords, how they work, and what makes the sound you are looking for. Approach the MIDI grid like an old friend - not a stubborn enemy.

Scales, Chords, and Keys

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Create Emotion and Color in Your Tracks

Use timeless chord progressions to create the exact emotion you are looking for, without needing to be able to read notes or traditional music notation.

Produce, Mix, and Master

Use Ableton Live to mix and master your own songs so they sound as loud and clear as your favorite tracks.

Live sessions happen two times per week and are optional. You do not need to join in, but once you do we think you will be hooked. In them, you can ask questions, get feedback on your track, or you can just sit quietly and listen.

Always On - Start Anytime

The Slam Academy Online Programs are available to start whenever you like. Once you enroll, you will immediately have access to over 100 hours of video, projects, session files, and more. In addition, if enrolling with the interactive component, every week there are multiple live video chat sessions where students can interact face-to-face with their instructor and fellow students.

How Does it Work?

Once a student enrolls in the Music Theory Online Program, they will be given access to their own custom portal page. On it, they will have access to all of the class files, separated into 3 different “parts”. From there, the student can go at their own pace. We recommend that this content should take 4 months to complete.

If the student has selected the Interactive version of the class, they will also see in their portal a link to access to the Live Chat. Students are welcome to access the chat at any time and talk to each other about what they are working on. The instructor will have hours posted for when they will be in the room as well.

Testimonals

  • For people like me, who care about creating amazing music more than just about anything else in their lives, Slam Academy is that secret sauce that you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. A place that people who truly want to become experts at music production can call home. Not only will you be given all the tools and techniques you need to make dope music, but you will be surrounded by so many like-minded individuals that you just can't help but get better.

  • I've learned a s***load from the videos on the website and the interactive sessions are great! I guess it would take me years of fiddling to find out some of the stuff - it's really helpful. You've touched on a lot of stuff where I get stuck in production, I feel this is gonna explode my workflow. Just wanted to say a million thanks, looking forward to the next class!

  • Bionik's [Instructor Stefon Taylor's] theories on creativity and songwriting have affected my work and I feel that I have "upgraded" as a musician because of them.  The other students in the class ranged from little studio knowledge to accomplished musician and I know everyone was able to connect, engage, and ultimately develop a solid mental concept for how to approach recording.

  • It has not only given me the skill to confidently use Ableton, along the way, my ears have been developing, I\'ve also learned about music theory, audio physics, synthesis, electronic music history and other mind-blowing subjects, and of course, I\'ve learned how music is produced with the highest quality standards. In just 6 months I got from feeling lost within the software to move around it like only I had seen pro\'s doing it.

  • I would like to express what a profoundly constructive, transformative force Slam Academy has been for my life to this point. Slam and its staff have provided me with the tools of the trade, several skilled pairs of guiding hands in the process of learning to use them, and myriad opportunities for creative exchange and collaboration. More fundamentally, you have shared your temple with me and given me a place to call home.

  • Slam Academy really made it real for me, and I wouldn't be there without the things you showed me...you really helped me step it up to the next level.  Just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and what you did for me.

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